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Being 30 years old in the world

How do 30 year old women and men live across the world? A Photo project with 30 inspiring illustrated stories from the 5 continents...

Being 30 years old in the world

How do 30 year old women and men live across the world? A Photo project with 30 inspiring illustrated stories from the 5 continents...

€3,905
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Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Tue, November 10 2015 12:58 PM UTC +00:00
Last updated November 30, 2015

About

My name is Stephane Domingues. I am a 31 years old photographer based in Paris, France. "Being 30 years old in the world" is a project that aims at decoding what it means to be a 30-year-old in different countries around the world, trying to understand similarities and differences of one single generation across the globe. Over the last 15 months, I have met, photographed and interviewed more than 60 people on the 5 continents to share a slice of their lives.

The goal of this Kickstarter campaign is to fund the creation of a beautiful hardcover book to share these amazing stories with you. The book will feature 30 portraits from 30 countries and YOU, kickstarter backers will choose the portraits that will be featured on the book.

Portrait of 10 people among the 65 I interviewed throughout the world.
Portrait of 10 people among the 65 I interviewed throughout the world.

This project was born while I started to plan my 15-month trip around the world. I really wanted to give a purpose to my trip, on a cultural and social ground.

Getting to the 30’s is quite an important event in our life…So I decided to go out there and find out what are the differences and similarities in the 30 year old generation throughout the world.

Is it the same to be a 30YO in France, Tanzania, Vietnam, Argentina or New Zealand? How do nationality, culture, living environment... define our own identity?


How does our everyday life look like? What are our values? What is important for us? How do we analyze our past? Our present? And our future? How do we see our country? And the world we are living in?

So far, this amazing journey took me to 25 countries, located on the 5 continents, and enabled me to meet and share the life of more than 60 people aged between 29 and 35. They live in big cities or in small remote villages. All from different background and culture… with their own stories and their own vision.

Over the next few months, I plan to go meet and interview more people from 5 other countries in Europe and North Africa.

Over these last 15 months, I have documented these amazing stories on my blog.

The book will feature portraits from 30 countries in 5 continents.
The book will feature portraits from 30 countries in 5 continents.

To be able to compare lifestyles and visions, every single person was asked the same interview which included questions about past, present and future. But the main point was to share authentic moments of their daily life and catch these with my camera.

This experience enabled me to see very contrasted lifestyles such as this one:

Example of Portraits: Diana (Australia) on the left and Bori (Ethiopia) on the right. Portraits include same type of pictures : Portraits, Home, Eating, Working, Life, Transport, Important Objects, Favorite Spot.
Example of Portraits: Diana (Australia) on the left and Bori (Ethiopia) on the right. Portraits include same type of pictures : Portraits, Home, Eating, Working, Life, Transport, Important Objects, Favorite Spot.

They talk about "Being 30 years old in the world"

During my trip many websites from all over the world wrote articles about my projects in many different languages : English, French, Indian, Chinese, Finish, Bulgarian, Spanish, Slovak, Portuguese...

The book will be a beautiful coffee table art book featuring 30 inspiring illustrated stories of real men and women from 30 countries across the globe.

Book Specs :

  • Type: Hardcover book
  • Size: Approx 9 x 12 inches (22,9 x 30,5cm)
  • Number of pages: Approx 220 (30 portraits x 6 pages + Extras)
  • Publication Date: April 2016

Kickstarter Backers : this Book is YOUR BOOK

Every Kickstarter backer will have one vote to choose who will be featured in the book.

By the end of the project there will be about 80 people from 30 countries on my blog and you will be asked to vote for the person you want to see in the book. For each country, the person with more votes will be selected to be featured in the book!

All backers can vote for their favorite portrait in each country. The most voted for each country will be featured in the book.
All backers can vote for their favorite portrait in each country. The most voted for each country will be featured in the book.

Book Sketch :

The book will feauture 30 portraits from 30 different countries.

Each portrait will presented on 6 pages and include Portrait photographs, ID (Tastes, Schedule, Infographics about their country, etc), the Interview and Photographs from their daily life.

Page 1 & 2 : Portrait and ID
Page 1 & 2 : Portrait and ID
Pages 3 to 6 : Interview and Photographs
Pages 3 to 6 : Interview and Photographs

The LIMITED EDITION of the BOOK will include a unique Polaroid (Only 80 available, one for each person I interviewed):

One exclusive Polaroid portrait for each person I interviewed.
One exclusive Polaroid portrait for each person I interviewed.

 Where will be the money going?

All the prints will be beautiful square Art Prints 11.8 x 11.8 inches (30 x 30cm).

You can choose any photograph from my Instagram account (@being30yo) or my blog (www.being30yo.com).

Photographs of more than 20 countries covering different topics will be available:

Street Life:

Left : Father and son going to the field (Ethiopia)   Right : Shadow of 4 men going to swim (Brazil)
Left : Father and son going to the field (Ethiopia) Right : Shadow of 4 men going to swim (Brazil)

 Nature:

Left : Great Barrier Reef (Australia)   Right : Wildbeests in the Savanna (Tanzania)
Left : Great Barrier Reef (Australia) Right : Wildbeests in the Savanna (Tanzania)

 Portraits:

Left : Young boy in his village (Ethiopia)    Right : Woman in the streets of Kyoto (Japan)
Left : Young boy in his village (Ethiopia) Right : Woman in the streets of Kyoto (Japan)

 City:

Left : Sunrise over Los Angeles (USA)   Right : Sunset over Sao Paulo (Brazil)
Left : Sunrise over Los Angeles (USA) Right : Sunset over Sao Paulo (Brazil)

 Landscapes:

Left : Volcano in the Tongariro NP (New Zealand)   Right : Desert of the Valle de la luna (Chile)
Left : Volcano in the Tongariro NP (New Zealand) Right : Desert of the Valle de la luna (Chile)

 Country Polaroids

3 Pictures from One Country to choose from my Instagram account (@being30yo) or my blog (www.being30yo.com).

Japan:

Tryptic of Japan (Stand not included)
Tryptic of Japan (Stand not included)

Ethiopia: 

Tryptic of Ethiopia (Stand not included)
Tryptic of Ethiopia (Stand not included)

 Photographs include the following countries:

North America: USA

Africa: Ethiopia, Tanzania, Malawi, Mozambique, South Africa, Morroco

South America: Brazil, Argentina, Chile, Bolivia, Peru

Oceania: Australia, New Zealand

Asia: Japan, Korea, Thailand, Myanmar, Vietnam, China, Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan

Europe: France, UK, Spain, Portugal, Russia, Germany, Sweden

          

Risks and challenges

The travel is almost completed since I have travelled to 25 countries out of the 30 countries that will be featured in the book. I plan to visit these 5 countries by January 2016.

Then the postproduction of the book will start (Design, Photography, Writing) and we plan to be able to ship it by the end of March 2016.

We don't anticipate any delays but we will keep you updated so you know how we're doing to get this book into your hands.

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